Hey, That's Not Top Gear – Oh Crap What's TiVo Done This Time?

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Yesterday, I had these big plans. I was going to come home, work on my house a bit, maybe finish moving the last of the bookcases back into the new reading room (finally!) In case you haven’t been following along (or maybe I just forgot to tell you) I am still in the process of putting my house back together after the great flood, getting new floors, redecorating, and all of that who-ha. Anyway, so back to these big plans…I had this unexplained hankering, a craving really, for a special dinner last night. Last night too was another episode of American Idol, so there you have my dilemma….what to do…what to do…work on the house? Eat? Watch TV? Do all 3 and collapse after midnight?

I decided to make dinner and watch Idol, so I had a very nice dinner and plunked myself in front of the TV. After Idol had finished, and just after Idol had finished mind you, I browsed down the list of other odd assorted crap-o-la that TiVo had graciously ordered up for me. (Speaking of “ordering up” did you know that you can now order a pizza directly from TiVo? Oh, God, will I not want to try out that new feature. After the Nicolas Cage fiasco and the murder spree, one can only imagine what might wind up delivered to my door in 30 minutes or less) That’s when it happened. I noticed there was no Top Gear and TiVo had gone off on some odd tangent, recording nothing I had picked out to record, but all stuff it (presumably) wants me to watch. You know the usual stuff here-cooking shows, Snapped, old CSI episodes, and some show from the history channel about the war.

I tried to delete one of those cooking shows that TiVo keeps recording but, get this, it wouldn’t let me. Yes, you read that right. The cursing chef guy wouldn’t be booped off my TiVo. My poor helpless TiVo sort of just “locked up” and wouldn’t do anything at all! It was stuck on the “Do you really want to delete Kitchen Nightmares?” prompt for a good long time (long enough for me to shut off the TV, go to bed, wake up again, and notice it still there.) What, like you really want a souffle?

Wow. What can I say about this? This is a whole new development in TiVo land. Before, it would just record odd random crazy ass stuff, now it’s not letting me deleting things and recording odd random crazy ass stuff. It does not take a genius to figure out how this is going to end and, it goes without saying really, but this does not bode well for my TV viewing experience. (In fact, this really falls under the category of, “Damn it, TiVo, what have you done to me now!?!?” in more ways than I can count.)

At this point, I won’t even bother to tell you how mad I was that it made me miss Top Gear (my favorite show!) and Doctor Who again this week. I’m still reeling from this new “sorry, you can’t delete that-I think you really do need to learn how to cook” development. Now that we all know who The Stig is, maybe I should give up watching Top Gear anyway and like, rent a movie or something.

Nah, come to think of it, I’d have just as rotten luck down at the video store.

Until next time…


  1. CraftyGuy
    January 21, 2009 / 5:55 pm

    Your TiVo demon…

    It’s baaaccckkk!

  2. mythopolis
    January 21, 2009 / 7:00 pm

    Are you serious!? You can order pizza on your Tivo? I was just looking at my Tivo and I don’t see any slot anywhere from which a pizza could be ejected…you must have a newer model.

  3. Carol
    January 21, 2009 / 7:26 pm

    You’ve got 30 minutes. A link to the TiVo pizza connection here.

    It’s on my TiVo. Of course, now that my TiVo is possessed, I don’t know what else is on my TiVo but, like, there’s pizza in there. Somehow.

  4. Scriber's Web
    January 22, 2009 / 12:41 am

    I can order perfect weather for you. But I can’t help you with your Tivo. I think it just needs some attention from you. You should try whispering sweet nothings to the Tivo.

    And then tell us what you said to Tivo:)

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